Then, we went to Delphi and learned about the oracle, Ancient Olympia and walked the grounds of the first Olympians, Medieval Monemvasia and climbed the rock, Byzantine Mystras and saw the ruins, Mycenae and walked through Lions Gate, Nafplio and explored its beauty, Epidavros and clapped in its ancient theater, the Island of Hydra and totally relaxed, and ended with the National Archaeological Museum now on my best museums list. We learned so much about the people of Greece through her. Apostolos was always the gracious and giving host while keeping balance for our tour members various needs. We loved running on the track and seeing where the Olympic torch ceremony starts.". I found Greece on this trip trip to be entirely different from the earlier trips I have had to Athens. She is a treasure!! After watching RS shows on PBS for years we had great expectations about our first trip. I am hoping Rick considers developing a Northern Greece tour as I would like to learn more about this beautiful country. Our tour members repeatedly reaped the benefits of Apostolos' knack for building and maintaining relationships with people. "The opportunity to stand in the field of the Olympia area where athletes competed 2,700+ years ago...AMAZING!". Great value for money. The itinerary is excellent. I also enjoyed trying to speak Greek to say good morning, ordering coffee, and asking for the check. Indulge in fresh seafood at a rustic seaside taverna, and chat with the big personality whose family has owned the place for generations, all while watching the sun gradually descend into the sea. Mountainous and rugged, turquoise blue waters and beautiful beaches, ancient, yet well-preserved historic sites, friendly people, incredible food. I should have known better with one of your tours. Potential travelers should be warned about the terrain which is often perilous. Also unexpected wows - viewing the frescoes hidden away in small churches on the Mani Peninsula, and touring the Archaeological Museum on the last day and realizing I had learned a great deal on the tour!". "My favorite wow moment of course was that first glimpse of the Acropolis. What a pleasure to participate in traditional Greek dancing, chat with local Athenians, swim in the Ionian and Aegean Seas, and eat some of the best food in my life. They performed and taught us some of the dances. Her knowledge, friendliness, and outgoing personality makes her outstanding. Our vacation from the vacation in Kardamyli and Hydra Wonderful tour in a beautiful country. Thank you Rick Steves Tours!! Unexpected bonuses were learning about more recent Greek history, and the food, which was fantastic. We had a fabulous time in Greece, the sites, food, and tour guide all fantastic. I found the tour to be well paced with a nice balance of group time along with personal time to explore on ones own. Reminds me of my fiesty Grandma. Get inspired with Rick Steves’ recommended places to go and things to do, with tips, photos, videos, and travel information on the Greek Islands. "It is difficult to choose from among so many great experiences, but the greatest wow moment for me was the night after the tour, when we saw YoYo Ma perform in the Odeon of Herodes Atticus. I liked most the people & small villages. I came back with great insights into Greek's past and present. Our tours don't include airfare, so your flight arrangements and transfers are completely up to you. The whole idea that history recorded in the buildings and rocks of Greece go back to the 6th Century BC.". Standing in a spot that is quite literally out of my old text books is a memory that I'll always treasure (no pun intended).". I had more time to sink in some of the knowledge. "Too many to count. This evening we'll enjoy a cooking demonstration, followed by dinner together. But there were so many that it's hard to rate them.". The historic sights we saw were impressive and it was nice to get off the beaten path and avoid some of the summer crowds. "Sharing my dinner of yogurt, cherries, wet walnuts and blueberries with a cat by my side on a bench in Athens.". My fellow travelers and awesome tour guide also made the trip so much more enjoyable. The vistas, the donkeys, the fresh food from the sea, the overall beauty, and the warmth of the locals was unforgettable!". David and all the local guides had very good information that helped give background to what we were seeing. Overall the trip was outstanding because of our guide, Apostolos and select guides, who provided a historical context for each day of the trip. Greece is amazing and far exceeded expectations! I wasn't sure if I would enjoy the tour experience, but I had never been to Greece before and thought it would be a better introduction to go with an experienced tour guide and a group. We love how the tour was full of exciting opportunities that we would not have thought of on our own, and yet there is still some down time to relax and enjoy the moment. This is our sixth tour so we expected the best and we were rewarded. I did not know what to expect, but I loved the freshness and variety. But it was still great day. We cannot say enough about what an incredible job he did and experience he gave us. It seems that Rick gives his guides some autonomy as they tailor the tours to our special interests.". I have traveled independently and with other tour groups, and while I always have preferred to travel on my own, this tour took me to more places than I could have found by myself. ©2021 Rick Steves' Europe, Inc. | We keep coming back because the experience is seamless and we are never disappointed. Greece was a fascinating place to visit, and in true Rick Steve's style this "back door" approach will show you the real Greece (not just the tourist infested sites). Sleep in Athens. Each day built on previous days. You might hike along the ancient cobbled paths that wind their way through the nearby hills — or just relax on the beach — and end your day with a grilled seafood dinner and a view from the little taverna you've discovered. The tour itself covers a lot of ground in 15 days, so if you take this tour, pack light and be ready to move. Very good hotels throughout tour. Hydra was beautiful as was the Greek countryside. Sort of knew what to expect for Athens, but the rest of Greece was a complete surprise. I loved visiting the small towns. The carefully planned itinerary gave us rich history of Greece, allowing us the balance of planned and free time. I really enjoyed the town of Kardamyli on the beautiful Mani Peninsula, very relaxing and scenic area.". I lost a wallet with credit cards only. The scale of that site - hotels, restaurants, temples, the original running track - were all very impressive. As a student of history, it was thrilling to actually be standing on sites I'd only seen in photos. The hotels were comfortable and well located. I'm so glad that I went! 2) I loved the small town feel we got in several towns, not just the hustle and bustle of Athens. And as a native Greek provided valuable insight about the current politics, economics and culture. Rick Steves' Greece: Athens & The Peloponnese Rick Steves (Auteur) Acheter neuf : EUR 15,55 (as of 12/14/2012 23:42 PST) 16 neuf & d'occasion a partir de EUR 8,63 (as of 12/14/2012 23:42 PST) (Consultez la liste Meilleures ventes Greece pour des informations officielles sur le classement actuel de ce produit.) Truly a trip of a lifetime. Beyond that, the tour logistics were handled impeccably. There was nothing that they couldn't carry and deliver, including a washing machine. The independent guides were outstanding as well! would have been overly taxed. Greece is beautiful and much more varied than we thought it would be. Excellent, comprehensive "survey" of southern Greece, giving me a very thorough perception of the country. Truly enjoy visiting the small towns and being in the local culture. Colin was an excellent guide. After breakfast we'll take a short drive to mysterious Mycenae, the fortified city founded by Perseus a thousand years before the Parthenon was built. The entire tour, from beginning to end, is my favorite "wow" moment!! ", "Mycenae. As is always the case, the excellence of the tour leader is what set this apart. We had a great time on this tour. Eating mushrooms at a restaurant in Nafplio. They made a very deep impression on me and my place in history.". Several interactions with the locals gave me a whole new perspective on the heart of the Greek people.". And, as the cradle of Western civilization, it has some of the world's greatest ancient monuments. It was nice to have our most crowded experience right at the beginning .Everything that followed was a real treat! -Stumbling upon a store in Nafplio that sold handmade pottery, but also seeing and meeting the ceramicist throwing clay on the wheel A lady invited us onto harboring, offered drinks and a umbrella. We loved every aspect, from the excitement and amazing history of Athens to the charming and relaxing seaside villages. Sleep in Athens. The Food was abundant and delicious, the Hotels very comfortable and the Local Guides informative. In the very capable hands of our guide, Apostolos, we were treated to a comprehensive tour of Greece's most notable ancient sites accented by amazing local guides. Anastasia has wealth of knowledge and it was a pleasure to learn about Greece and better appreciate current history.She knows her stuff and clearly is always adding to her knowledge. Lastly, but certainly not least, our bus-drivers skill in negotiating hair-pin turns, switch-backs and hair-raising traffic. And we stayed in four scenic and charming towns that I had never even heard of prior to the trip. Rick's 48 itineraries include Italy, France, Turkey, Ireland, Britain, Spain, and much more! All the major decisions were made by people and a team that have extensive travel knowledge and experience in Greece and surrounding countries. Hydra - was a great break from all the museums and allowed time to download all we had seen - Wonderful food. We traveled to archaeological sites, mountain villages, and seaside resorts. Nafplio was my close 2nd. "For me, it is always about connecting with the local people which is difficult to do on a tour. The food, air, and water were so fresh! Watching my husband dance with a family that does traditional Greek dancing and then get a shot of Tsipouro poured down his throat. Explore Europe with Rick Steves, best-selling travel author and host of public television's "Rick Steves' Europe" and public radio's "Travel with Rick Steves." I also thought the cooking demo was a blast, especially watching my husband as a "chef".". The list goes on. The result was very fun and we all enjoyed shopping and coming up with ideas.". A very enjoyable, well-paced tour. You can easily catch a cab for the airport or to nearby Piraeus, where a fleet of ferries awaits to transport those with time to even more Greek destinations. Although I am not a "beach person," the days we spend along the coast were some of my favorites! "The variety of the landscapes in Greece! The accommodations were very good and the breakfasts were excellent. It wasn't until Santorini that I had my "wow" moment that was Hydra. They did a great job.". This was the trip of a lifetime for me! We'll take a walking tour through the grand Lion Gate, along the "cyclopean" walls, and into a remarkably domed tholos tomb. and her sharing of Greek culture and history including some personal stories which were very touching and engaging!! With the usual Rick Steves attention to the details of an intensive two weeks, every day was impactful and a learning experience. And in many cases, there was free time after but a distance from the museum so returning was not possible. "Maria's knowledge and skill at leading us was as spectacular as all the amazing places we visited. Rick produces a best-selling guidebook series, a public television series, and a public radio show, and organizes small-group tours that take over 30,000 travelers to Europe annually. Before jumping in, please review the rules. "Of course being on the Acropolis in Athens is the highlight but the most fun thing we did were Filippos's add ons (Nafplio non tourist town restaurant with singers and the dancers at the Delphi hotel). This tour is just a taste of what Greece has to offer and maybe Rick would expand to more of Greece.". Perhaps the most positive - and most fortunate - aspect about our experience is that my husband and I traveled with an exceptional guide and a congenial, compatible tour group. Going to the Peloponnese Peninsula you see a lot of Greece that I think most people skip, and that is a huge mistake on their part but a huge bonus for us because it really wasn't too crowded. Everything about it was well planned and just what I have come to expect from Rick Steves tours, and this was my 10th tour. We have used Rick Steves' tour books for other trips we have taken. He has wonderful knowledge of history, geography, politics, archaeology, arts, music, language and is a great communicator. 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